Affordable tickets for fans in Sri Lanka and subcontinent at next World Cup

BHURBAN, Pakistan, June 18, 2007 (AFP) – The South Asian nations hosting the 2011 cricket World Cup promised on Monday to hold a spectator-friendly tournament with affordable ticket prices. The next organising committee meeting will be held in India in November-December this year.

The pledge by India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh comes after the 2007 edition held in the Caribbean was widely criticised for failing to draw crowds and for being too long.

“We promise a spectator- and media-friendly World Cup in four years time,” said Sharad Pawar, chairman of the 2011 World Cup Organising Committee, after its meeting in this northern Pakistani hill resort on Monday.

“We will make unrelenting efforts to make the event a spectacular one so that more and more people come and watch the best cricket,” said Pawar, also the president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India.

High-priced tickets ranging from 25 to 75 dollars hit attendance levels in the 2007 World Cup. Spectators were also barred from bringing in musical instruments until protests forced the organisers to relent.

The tournament was also hit by the death of Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer and initial police